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Poet, songwriter, and performer Leonard Cohen was born on this date in Montreal in 1934. He is an inductee into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, as well as the American Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. His best-known, widely covered songs include “Bird on a Wire,” “Suzanne,” and “Hallelujah;” Lou Reed once described him as belonging to the “highest and most influential echelon of songwriters.” An observant Jew, Cohen entered a Zen monastery in 1994 and remained there in seclusion for five years, during which time he was ordained as a Buddhist monk with the name Jikan, meaning “silence.” In 2005, he was the subject of a film, I’m Your Man, which captured a tribute concert to him in Sydney, Australia. In 2008, Cohen conducted his first concert tour in fifteen years. He died on November 7, 2016.
“And remember when I moved in you
The holy dove was moving too
And every breath we drew was Hallelujah” —Leonard Cohen
Click here for an interesting commentary on Leonard Cohen by Joysa Winter.